We need to speak out about
the treatment of seniors, and there are many ways to do this without marching
and picket lines.

As we reflect on the
challenges faced by seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, it is
crucial that we recognize the importance of addressing ageism and advocating
for improved treatment and support from our politicians. Seniors have endured
significant hardships and have often been overlooked or marginalized in
discussions and decision-making processes.

Therefore, it is imperative
that seniors themselves, along with their allies, take a stand and raise their
voices against ageism. By speaking up about their experiences, concerns, and
needs, seniors can demand the attention and action they deserve from our
political leaders.

Here are some suggested
actions for seniors to make their voices heard:

Personal experiences can be
powerful tools for raising awareness and fostering empathy. Share your
firsthand accounts of how ageism has affected you during the pandemic and
beyond. Use social media platforms, local community forums, and other channels
to amplify your voice and encourage others to do the same.

Reach out to your local, provincial state, and national representatives to express your concerns about ageism and
the treatment of seniors. Write letters, make phone calls, or request meetings
to discuss the issues that matter to you. Encourage them to prioritize the
needs of seniors in policymaking and advocate for changes that will positively
impact your community. We witnessed institutional ageism with the terrible
treatment seniors endured during the COVID crisis in long-term care and
assisted living homes, resulting in numerous deaths. Our health authorities,
government officials, and agencies seemed to overlook our needs, neglecting
tasks like obtaining groceries, prescriptions, transportation to medical
appointments, and securing home care support. Seniors were left isolated and

After COVID showed the lack
of support for seniors we were subject to  the Heat Dome, which exposed us to extreme
risks. The BC Coroners Service confirmed 619 heat-related deaths during that
period, with 98% occurring indoors. Shockingly, 67% of the deceased were 70
years or older, and 56% lived alone.

Most of these tragedies
could have been prevented with adequate cooling systems, but who is leading the
charge for a risk mitigation strategic plan? Health authorities want to shift
the responsibility to municipalities, but many are yet to implement proactive
measures to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Our communities lack
age-friendly amenities, with a scarcity of public washrooms, benches, and
appropriate signage for vulnerable individuals. Additionally, many trails are
inaccessible for those with limited mobility. Services aimed at engaging
seniors are sorely lacking. It’s worth noting that there are 135,000 community
members in the Tri-Cities over 50 years old, and they are being overlooked and

Seek out organizations and
advocacy groups focused on fighting ageism and supporting senior rights. By
joining forces with like-minded individuals, you can amplify your collective
voice and work towards effecting meaningful change. These groups often provide
resources, guidance, and opportunities to participate in campaigns and

Originally Published on https://boomersnotsenior.blogspot.com/

I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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